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ARMA 2 devs arrested in Greece on charges of espionage

In perhaps the most bizarre story of the month, we learned today that two employees of Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind the Arma series, were arrested on charges of espionage in Greece as they were discovered to be carrying a large amount of pictures and videos of Greek military installations.

We don't know who the two men are, only that they are 28 and 33 years old and have defended themselves by saying they were collecting reference material for the upcoming sequel, Arma 3. There's no word yet on whether the Greek authorities are buying this - undoubtedly true - excuse for gathering sensitive information. 

We'll be watching this story closely for further developments. It's likely this will be ironed out in short order as the company (and its well-established history) is verified by the Greeks. But we've got a feeling Bohemia will remember to contact the local embassy before going behind enemy lines on a reconnaissance mission again.

16 comments

  • Viron - September 11, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    It's documented that Arma 3 is taking place on what is essentially a remake of one their Islands. It's free advertising Greek government, come on
  • bill-banner - September 12, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Im Greek and i totally agree with you! we are waiting to see our country in a game for years and now the government is ruining it. (ok in ''Blood stone'' they showed Athens but only for a mission :( i wish our country was a little more open-minded!
  • Child Of Death - September 11, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    I hope they get released soon but yeah they are idiots. You just dont simply take pictures of military bases without asking permission. Especially in a country that has major problems right now.
  • bass88 - September 11, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    I take it that there won't be a stealth mission in the game now?
  • vent - September 11, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    How "sensitive" can this "information" be if any tourist with a camera can get a hold of it? If they're so jumpy about their enemies knowing about their military readiness, shouldn't they be treating the cause (public displays of the military) rather than the symptoms? (pictures of it)
  • Mooshon - September 11, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    If true, that's pretty dumb. Greece are notoriously touchy about photography anywhere near their military. Long standing issues about their Turkish border mainly to blame. If you ever fly into Santorini airport you have a right shock as it's a military one. They properly shake you down and screen your electronics before you can get out of there.
  • system1988 - September 11, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Unlike most European countries we were not blessed with good-willed neighboring nations... As a Greek I can understand the rationale behind this whole case.
  • Mooshon - September 11, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    Just to clarify, meant dumb of the researchers ;) There's been numerous cases of amateur photographers getting jailed for photographing Greek airbases over the years. They should have researched their research trip!
  • StrayGator - September 11, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Cue TMBG "Why did Constantinople get the works?"
  • Bloodstorm - September 11, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    There is a good reason that no one should go to Greece right now. You are asking for trouble. That country has problems right now.
  • system1988 - September 11, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Yea... things are bad atm here. However, we can still play videogames!
  • Darkhawk - September 11, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Sometimes I love the fact that GR isn't actually written by journalists. Otherwise they'd never get away with assumptions like "There's no word yet on whether the Greek authorities are buying this - undoubtedly true - excuse for gathering sensitive information"
  • system1988 - September 11, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    Well here in the good, old Mediterranean Southeast life is more lucid, transparent. As a result the nation states tend to lack what may be incorectly considered from many others as "common sense". Anyway I can too see that this case is kinda lame. As I said before, we are not blessed with friendly nations at our borders. So... this whole case? That what in Greece is considered "common sense".
  • Malakie - September 11, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    What happened to COMMON SENSE! Anyone using just a bit of it would know you do not do stupid things like this without clearing it first.. unbelievable!
  • RolfJr - September 11, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    Yikes. I guess we should be thankful Arma 3 isn't going to be set in Saudi Arabia or Iran.

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